A tip for getting a better latte at Starbucks
Posted 24 December 2003 - 07:14 AM
Starbucks tends to make their cappuccinoos with an excess of very dry foam - I prefer the texture of the lattes but there's just waaaaay too much milk relative to the amount of espresso.
I have adopted the habit of ordering a quad shot (two doubles) in a grande size cup (16 oz). This usually has about the right ratio of espresso to milk (I prefer a ratio that has a bit more espresso than this but that requires higher quality espresso shots than the 'bucks offers).
Here's the good news: Starbucks has "short" cups. These are 8 oz cups and they are not listed as an available size on the menus or price boards. Just order a double shot Tall latte, ask that it be served in a "short" cup and clarify that you're okay with paying for a "Tall". You'll get a roughly 3 to 1 milk to espresso ratio and a pretty decent drink as such things go.
Posted 24 December 2003 - 07:27 AM
Or in Starbucks-Speak, Triple Grande, No Fat, No Foam Latte.
I've found that three shots in a medium cup is just the right combo for me, though it is far righter if I'm at a local Philadelphia shop that uses La Columbe espresso.
Posted 26 December 2003 - 10:06 AM